Biography - Paul Frick

PAUL FRICK, machinist, Jonesboro, was born July 9, 1816, in Rowan County, N. C. His great-grandparents came from Switzerland about 1740, settling in Bucks County, Penn. Their son Rudy was born there, but afterward moved to Rowan County, N. C, in 1755. His son, Jacob Frick, was born in Pennsylvania. He was married, in Rowan County, N. C. to Elizabeth Earnhart, who was the mother of twelve children, of whom Paul, our subject, was the youngest. Jacob Frick was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, serving mostly under Gen. Rutherford, and afterward drawing a pension. Our subject came to this county with his parents in 1823, arriving on Christmas Day. He attended the subscription schools, and paid his own way by making and selling split-bottom chairs, walking three miles night and morning. Mr. Frick was a farmer by occupation in early life, and then learned and followed the cooper trade for fifteen years. In 1854, he opened a machine and farm implement shop, in which he has continued to the present day, although he has retired from active life. Mr. Frick has been married twice, the first time July 25, 1839, to Hannah Mcintosh, born July 13, 1820, in Jonesboro; she died May 14, 1863. She is a daughter of John and Mary (Miller) Mcintosh. Mrs. Frick was the mother of seven children — Martha J. (deceased), Elizabeth A. (wife of Davis W. Miller, of Chicago), William Dennis, Laura Ann, Mary F., Helen A. and Cyrus W. (deceased). Mr. Frick was married a second time to Mrs. Nancy Walker, born June 24, 1819. She is a daughter of Robert and Catharine (Hunsaker) Hargrave, Mrs. Nancy Frick is the mother of four children — Laura (wife of James Dewitt), William W. (married Sarah I. Williford), Willis W. (married Nettie Scott), and Flora (wife of Walter Grear). These children are by Mrs. Prick's first husband. Mrs. Frick is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Frick was elected County Commissioner in 1841. The office is now called County Judge. He was formerly a magistrate for thirteen years, and filling the office of Mayor for the same length of time. Our subject's life has been a prosperous one, yet his prosperity is the result of hard toil and perseverance. He has about 580 acres of well improved land. In politics, Mr. Frick is the strongest kind of a Democrat, hoping to live and die within the fold of that grand old party.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 99.

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